Most pharmaceutical products available for countering enlarged prostate—what doctor’s call “benign prostatic hyperplasia”–have limited or no effect–making a lot of people turn to alternative means, and particularly, to prostate herbs.
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- Why men choose prostate herbs
The enlargement of the prostrate is a common condition as a man ages, usually around 45 years. This is when the prostate gland starts to swell around the urethra, constricting the flow of urine. This makes it harder to urinate and can also cause further complications, such as kidney problems.
Drug based treatments for prostate enlargement are often associated with painful ejaculations and erectile dysfunctions, making men naturally wary of these products. Prostate herbs on the other hand, have very few or no side effects, making them a very attractive option for men who are suffering in this condition. Also, prostate herbs are generally more affordable.
- Common prostate herbs
The most common prostate herbs include lycopene, Saw Palmetto berry, stinging nettle, and pygeum.
Lycopene, a component of tomato, is a highly recommended prostate herb; it is only present in cooked tomato. In Europe, where tomatoes are widely consumed, there is said to have a low incidence of prostate enlargement.
The Saw Palmetto berry contains serrulata and serona repens—a very powerful combination. Clinical studies show that it has a very important function in maintaining a healthy prostate. It is also thought to be an aphrodisiac and is said to increase sexual prowess and production of sperm.
Stinging nettle is recorded to be an effective treatment for prostate disease and arthritis. Extract of the stinging nettle roots have been used in Germany for respiratory health, joint disorders, and prostate health.
Pygeum is a large evergreen tree found in southern and central Africa. The bark of the pygeum tree has several compounds that are thought to be useful in prostate health. It has been used in Germany, France, and Austria for over 30 years, for patients with prostate enlargement.
- Dosage and efficiency
Some of these prostate herbs are sold as individually while others are combined to result to a more potent product. In order for the prostate herbs to be effective, it has to meet standardized dosage. Any dosage below the required may be useless, and any dosage that is too much may be harmful.For example, in order for saw palmetto to be effective, a daily dosage of 320mg of 85 to 95% fatty acids is needed; and the stinging nettle and pygeum bark needs a 4:1 extract.**It is still best to consult with a physician before buying these products.
IMPORTANT: The manufacture and sale of prostate herbs are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration Board. It is always safer to go with a manufacturer that strictly follows GMP standards. This assures you that the product contains the right amount of dosage and ingredients and that it dos not contain any harmful contaminants.